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7 22 N.Y.C.R.R. § 520.4 8 See Rule 3-A of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (7/19/45) (World War II and Korean conflict); see also 22 NYCRR § 526.1 (6/17/69) (Vietnam). 9 One state, Wisconsin, continues to dispense with any bar exam for any graduates of a Wisconsin law school. There is no evidence of any injury to the citizens of Wisconsin from the use of this “diploma privilege.” 10 This is the formulation first utilized by John Holt-Harris, former Chair of the New York Bar Examiners, John A. Holt-Harris, Jr., Examining Ourselves: Observations of a Bar Examiner , 65 B. Examiner 4,6 (1996).
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 6 develop and implement the proposal be sought from a variety of private sources with the assistance of OCA. Finally, we note, as has the MacCrate Report, 11 that ensuring that all practicing attorneys are minimally competent is a continuing process that begins before law school, continues during law school and goes on throughout the rest of every lawyer’s career. Both the organized bar and the law schools must recognize and meet this joint responsibility, no matter what kind of testing is used at the threshold of practice. II. Summary Description of the Pilot Public Service Alternative Bar Examination A limited number of graduates of law schools located in New York State will be permitted to participate in the Public Service Alternative Bar Examination (fewer than 200 over the two-year pilot). During the first year of the pilot, 50 applicants will participate in the PSABE in New York City. During the second year of the pilot, the program will be repeated for an additional 100 applicants in New York City, and for 50 applicants in an upstate county. Each applicant who elects and is randomly selected by lottery to participate in the PSABE will be required to participate in an orientation and then work full-time for a three-month period in one or more placements located within the New York State Unified Court System under the direct supervision of court personnel. Applicants will draft opinions, conference cases, assist unrepresented litigants and serve as mediators. Applicants will be supervised to ensure that they are performing useful service and will be evaluated by their immediate supervisors and by outside evaluators on a broad range of lawyering competencies. Applicants will be evaluated by direct assessment of their on-the-job written work, their on-the-job performance of services, simulation exercises and through limited written exams. Following their admission to the Bar, 11 See The MacCrate Report , supra , note 5.
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 7 applicants will be required to provide 150 hours of pro bono work in the Courts over the following three years. Successful implementation of the pilot PSABE requires the cooperation of the fifteen New York law schools, the legal community as a whole, including the practicing bar, the New York State Unified Court System and, of course, the State Board of Law Examiners.
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